Vanguard Movement

February 29, 2016

are we tearing down walls…or building them?

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Let me ask you a question? How open are you to a person’s message after they’ve just made fun of you? Not about your differences of opinion, but of you as a person? Have you ever been bullied and belittled into changing your mind?  No one changes their belief system when they are attacked. I’ve been watching the discourse of this election cycle and like the majority of America, I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated by how I see candidates behaving.  I'm frustrated because it works. What does Donald Trump’s hand size or skin color have to do with how well he [...]

January 10, 2016

my wish for you in 2016

By |January 10th, 2016|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , |

One of my most popular posts from last year was My Wish For You.  As I was reading it again the other day, I thought it was very fitting for this year as well. So here is my wish for you in 2016: My wish for you this year is that you would step more fully into the calling and purpose for which you were created. I hope that you find yourself irresistibly drawn into new challenges and that fear would never be the reason you turn down opportunity. In this New Year, I hope you TRADE YOUR ANCHORS FOR [...]

November 16, 2015

the opportunity of a lifetime

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , |

Inside of everyone, God has placed seeds of opportunity. When you think about it, that’s really what a calling is, isn’t it? God places nascent gifts within us, points us in a certain direction and says, “This is my plan for your life…go get it!” At that moment there is potential. All the seeds are there to live a life of purpose and impact, but it’s up to us to decide how we will steward that opportunity. Will we take Him up on His offer or choose a safe, yet utterly predictable life? Most of us want to get there. [...]

September 11, 2015

Who Do You Attract?

By |September 11th, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

I’m not talking about physical attraction. I’m talking about people being drawn to the life you lead and the presence that you carry. To change culture, we must be people of influence, and influence is about attraction. Think about the ministry of Jesus. He attracted people that were hungry. But He also attracted people that were on the edges of society - the demonized, prostitutes, thieves, the social outcasts. These were people who were deeply under the grip of sin, yet they fought to be near Jesus. The man from the Gadarenes was full of demons, but He ran to [...]

May 4, 2015

prophecy = action

By |May 4th, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , |

If we are going to do things we are created to do, it is essential that we stay in timing with God. And staying in timing means taking action. This week, I have been rereading God’s Unfolding Battle Plan by Chuck Pierce. The book lays out specific battles and prophetic insights regarding the church and the world from 2007- 2015. Since we are nearing the end of the prophetic window that the book was written about, I think it’s important to see where things stand with regard these key prophecies. As I was reading, I was amazed at the accuracy [...]

February 3, 2015

Take The Leap – Embracing Creative Risk

By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

Have you recovered from the Superbowl? I have a dear friend who needed to find her religion again after that crazy game!  We were all rooting for Seattle at my house this Sunday and in the matter of a few minutes we went from resignation that they would lose, to euphoria (how did he catch that pass???) to absolute shock and frustration. How could they make that call? What were they thinking?   https://twitter.com/umangdua/status/562088544697843713   Blasted autocorrect!   But this morning, I read a post from Todd Henry that really hit on an important point. What would we be talking [...]

December 30, 2014

My Wish For You

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Happy New Year! Whether 2014 was a banner year or one to forget, January 1st always brings hope and optimism for what could be. It’s a time for planning and dreaming, for fresh starts and renewed focus on all that you hope to achieve. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share my hopes and dreams for you in this New Year. My wish for you in 2015: My wish for you this year is that you would step more fully into the calling and purpose for which you were created. I hope that you find yourself irresistibly [...]

“your idea is terrible”

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Of course it is. That’s the very nature of ideas, isn’t it?  Ninety percent of our ideas are destined to fail. Thomas Edison completed over 9,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb. But when he hit on the right idea, it changed everything. This post isn’t about whether the idea is bad or not. It’s about the person who says it’s terrible. Social media has made it really easy to attack the ideas of others, hasn’t it?  People get bold when they can criticize without looking you in the eye.   Just look at your Facebook feed. Just last week, [...]

November 18, 2014

2015 Battle Plans: Fitting Prophecy Into Your Strategy

By |November 18th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most people wait until January to plan for the next year. There is something fresh and new about January that universally calls people to focus, change and new vision. But for most people, all of that January focus leads to resolutions that don’t make it to February. The more serious folks, they go all out - they take retreats, have strategy sessions and lay out goals for their lives and businesses. By February, they’ve got a battle plan in place to conquer what’s on their plate. This year, I want to encourage you to get a head start on everybody [...]

The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth

By |November 13th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I just started reading a new business book by Chris Brogan, called The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth.  Great title, isn’t it? I’ve just gotten started, but so far it's great. While the book is largely about carving out your path as an entrepreneur, the main point of the book is that we need to stop burying our inner freak so we can fit in with the cool kids. Nobody changes the world while trying to fit in. It’s the freaks and the misfits that actually get things done. The problem is that the church (read: religion) thinks that its [...]